Just wanted to say that although having some sort of rule in place regarding short-term renters moving into the area specifically for the school place and with the intention of moving out and back to their permanent property as soon as the place is secured is long overdue, having a "2 year" rule would have a huge adverse effect on families like mine. We genuinely rent, and do not own any other home, but due to a succession of unscrupulous, greedy, and, in some cases, downright negligent landlords who have had no respect for us or the law, we have had to move 4 times in 5 years. It's horrible, we hate moving so often and if we were to be be penalised in terms of our daughter being forced to change school each time, it would be devastating. Personally, I would launch a legal challenge if my daughter's school place was threatened as a result of us moving within two years of moving to a property, because I think it is extremely unfair and prejudicial against non-home owners to do this.
In terms of being offered a school you are really not happy with, we were in that position last year and I really feel for you. I have never experienced stress like it! All I can say is hold your nerve - a place at a more suitable school will come up. Call the council weekly to check your waiting list positions and if you are relatively close to the top of the list, call the school directly to ask their opinion on how likely they think you are to be offered a place. We started at about 34th on the waiting list for Swaffield and made it in in the first two weeks of term. Don't lost hope yet!